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May 2012

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Museum's at Night

Friday 18 May | 18.00 - 21.00

Enjoy a late night opening of the Museum and all the latest exhibitions including the spectacular The Search for Immortality: Tomb Treasures of Han China.

Enjoy a full evening of entertainment with music, workshops, trails and talks throughout the Museum.

The Courtyard shop will be open, as well as cocktails and food available at the Courtyard Café.



For full details of all shows and displays please visit the exhibitions page on our website.



The Search for Immortality: Tomb Treasures of Han China

5 May 2012 to 11 November 2012

The Fitzwilliam's long-awaited exhibition of ancient Chinese treasures opens this month.  There will be an exclusive preview e-news for the exhibition on Friday 4 May.

Designed to Impress: Highlights from the print collection

To 7 October 2012

See some of the Fitzwilliam's most remarkable prints from the 15th to the 21st centuries.


To 23 September 2012

'Edgelands' is that uncertain and overlooked zone, neither city nor countryside. See prints by George Shaw and Michael Landy exploring the urban edge.

2012 Sculpture Promenade

To January 2013

See incredible monumental and intricate sculptures by three internationally renowned contemporary sculptors; Helaine Blumenfeld, Peter Randall-Page and Kan Yasuda.



Lunchtime talks take place at 13.15, for more information and locations visit our website.

The King of Nanyue and the barbarians

Wed 9 May

Dr Lukas Nickel, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

Secrets of the scarab beetle

Wed 23 May

Dr Sally-Ann Ashton, Senior Assistant Keeper of Antiquities

Chinese mirrors (50 BCE) and their symbolism

Wed 30 May

Dr Michael Loewe, University of Cambridge




Enjoy free music recitals in the beautiful surroundings of the Museum's galleries.

John Stanley (1712-1786) organist and composer - a tercentenary tribute

Fri 11 May | 13.15 - 14.00

Recital by Dr Gerald Gifford, Honorary Keeper of Music

Promenade concerts

Sundays | 13.15 - 14.00

Reflections in the water

Sun 6 May

Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Ravel, Debussy
Emilie Capulet (piano).


Sun 13 May

Mathieu van Bellen (violin), Ori Epstein (cello), Omri Epstein (piano).

Schubert, Brahms, Debussy

Sun 20 May

Nicholas Mogg (baritone), Harry Ogg (piano).

Dowland, Purcell, Schumann

Sun 27 May

Stefan Kennedy (tenor), Ashok Gupta (piano).



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Image credits

Banner:Gold belt plaque (detail), Xuzhou Museum, Jiangsu Province

1. Fitzwilliam Museum portico

2. Jade ornament with an animal mask (detail), Nanyue Wang Museum, Guangdong Province

3. Christoffel Jegher (1596-1652/3), after Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640), Hercules killing the Hydra (detail), c.1630

4. George Shaw (born 1966), Twelve Short Walks 5 (detail), 2005 © George Shaw and Paragon Press. Acquired with the help of the Art Fund

5. The Space Within (2011), Helaine Blumenfeld, image © The Fitzwilliam Museum

All other images © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge